Mansfield, Wonnangatta valley, Mt Murry, Lake Cobbler trip. Sat 3/Nov to Tue 6/Nov
Description: This trip will start early on Saturday morning at Sheepyard Flat (approximately 3½ hours drive from Melbourne) and take 4 days to travel through the Victorian high country, visiting some of the high country’s most iconic locations. From Sheepyard flat, we will climb up into the alpine regions to the south of Mt Buller with magnificent views northward toward Mt Buller. We will then continue to Howitt hut on the high plains for lunch and down into the Wonnangatta valley for the first night’s camp at the old Wonnangatta homestead site. (est distance 140 Km).
Little now remains of the homestead apart from its foundations and a number of European trees, but on day 2 will spend some time in the Wonnangatta Valley and explore the homestead site and the cemetery before heading to Guys hut and then Mt Murray for lunch. Here we can take a short walk to the summit for magnificent 360 degree views of the high country to the south (weather permitting). We will then descend into the Buckland valley via Mt Selwyn and camp at Beveridge Station (est distance 85 Km). This site was settled by the Beveridge brothers in the mid 1880’s, but the Buckland Valley is more famous for being one of the riches alluvial gold fields in Victoria. Gold was discovered in 1850 by Henry Pardoe who obtained 360 oz of gold in just a couple of days!!
On day 3 we will travel via some of the tracks to the south of the Buffalo Plateau to camp at Lake Cobbler (est dist 110 Km). Lake Cobbler was originally an alpine wetland and the lake was created by loggers in the mid 1900’s by damming one end of the valley.
On the last day we will descend into the King Valley via the Staircase and King hut to reach the Mt Stirling Circuit Road and then on to Craigs Hut and the Mt Buller village before returning to Mansfield where the trip will end (est dist 115 Km).
Weather: Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
Equipment: This trip will be suited to confident 4WDrivers with some experience. Your vehicle will need to be equipped with a UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club), good all terrain tyres, low range, 4WD and have reasonable clearance (at least 200mm recommended). You will need camping gear (no trailers!) and food and supplies for 4 days in the bush. Bring your recovery gear if you have it.
Trip Standard: Hard – some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks!
Fuel: a full tank ex Mansfield where all fuels are available. Approx. distance 450Km. There is no fuel along this route, so you will need to carry enough for the entire distance of mainly low range driving. For some vehicles, this will necessitate carrying additional fuel.
Distance: Approx. distance from Mansfield is 450 Km of mainly low range driving.
Duration: 4 days
Convoy limit: 6 vehicles
Meeting arrangements: 8:00 am Saturday morning at Sheepyard Flat.
Sheepyard flat directions (Google maps shows Howqua track to Sheepyard Flat)
From Mansfield, take the Mt Buller Road for 20 Km to Merrijig.
2 Km past Merrijig, turn right onto Howqua track (the turnoff is well signposted)Follow Howqua Track (a well graded 2WD dirt road) for 19 Km (approx.) down into the valley to a bridge over the Howqua River.
Ignore any minor roads branching off Howqua TrackI will try to find a camp site for our group just past the bridge on the left of the road.
I will have channel 15 open, so you can call on the UHF is you cannot find us.
We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Mansfield
Trip Leaders: Graeme Carter ph 0400 195 932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org